A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 349, Saturday
December 15th, 2018
Chapter Six: Decipher
He was in the middle of the most intense action he could have ever imagined; taking control of the physical, mechanical systems of both the HomeWorld and the expansive Central System; correlating data from millions of sensors and monitors; actively suppressing what remained of the Collective; erecting defenses against a possible reestablishment of the Continuum; executing the defenses of the HomeWorld in preparation for the advancing Imperial armada.
Jim engaged the programs that were established to monitor the strength and health of the HomeWorld, he allowed the raw data to filter through, he sorted it in the quantum field in no-time.
His mind was functioning at peak performance, slipping in and out of the space beyond time. Each and every node of his own consciousness that he had previously replicated and deployed through the machina that was the body of the Collective, and the home of the Continuum, was brought into the Jim’s singular consciousness, it was a grand coalescence.
It was dizzying.
Every reading from the vast array of instruments confirmed a collapse of the Continuum, but Jim needed to be sure that there was not a vessel somewhere in the space of the HomeWorld, housing its twin, as Jim had housed his own.
Jim doubted this, everything he knew about the Continuum and the unique structure of its personality confirmed that it could not tolerate a second version of itself, even a copy kept isolated and in stasis.
The continuum needed above all things to believe that it was unique. This guided Jim’s summation.
However, the Continuum was also paranoid beyond belief, and Jim would not put anything past the demi-urge, it may have built fail-safes into fail-safes.
The Observers in command of the rebel fleet approached the HomeWorld with great caution.
They were able to scan the systems of HomeWorld through their mechanoid bodies that were ghosting the fleet, with tools that were unknown to the Empire itself. They confirmed that the Collective was catatonic, they confirmed that the Continuum was inactive. They were able to identify Jim’s activity, but they could not identify him as the main actor, as the causal agent of the disaster.
His activity appeared to them to be an automated subroutine of coordinated defensive measures.
It emboldened them, they moved forward, but they and the fleet were unable to scan the activation of the weapons systems that were targeting it.
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